1970-71 Model Series

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On December 19, 1969- ECL Industries Inc. ("Ecuadorian Company Limited"-incorporated in Delaware and a U.S. subsidiary of a Panamanian corporation of the same name) officially takes over CMI. Norlin is an amalgamation of the first syllable of ECL's chairman's first name, Norton Stevens and the last syllable of CMI's president M.H. Berlin's last name.

1970- ECL's U.S. operation becomes "Norlin Industries Inc." and the Panamanian corporation becomes "Norlin Corporation". CMI remains a subsidiary of the U.S. operation. August 1970, Epiphone production in Kalamazoo is halted. Domestic Epiphone guitars are still shipped into early 1971.

In October of 1970, Norlin imports Matsumoku/Aria-made models from Japan which have been re-branded as Epiphones. These models use the familiar blue "Kalamazoo"-type Epiphone interior labels and early models make use of actual left-over Kalamazoo labels bearing the "Union Made" designation. These models were numbered with four digits, beginning with the number six (acoustic), one (solid body electric) and five (archtop electric). This nomenclature was carried-over from the Aria models. In 1972 new model designations using the alpha prefixes "FT", "EA" and "ET" were used on these imported Epiphones.


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Models


Model 6512

Epiphone Model-6512
Epiphone Model-6512
  • 1970-1971
  • Made in Japan
  • Classical body style

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • 14.75" body width
  • 3.875" body depth

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with no inlays
  • Slotted headstock with rosewood veneer
  • 25.625" scale

Binding:

  • Ornate wooden rosette marquetry
  • Brown celluloid binding

Hardware:

  • Plate-mounted tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Rosewood bridge

Colors:

  • Natural



Model 6514

Epiphone Model-6514
Epiphone Model-6514
  • 1970-1971
  • Made in Japan
  • Classical body style

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • 14.75" body width
  • 3.875" body depth

Neck:

  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with no inlays
  • Slotted headstock with rosewood veneer
  • 25.625" scale

Binding:

  • Ornate wooden rosette marquetry
  • Brown celluloid binding

Hardware:

  • Plate-mounted tuners
  • Gold hardware
  • Rosewood bridge

Colors:

  • Natural



Model 6730

Epiphone Model-6730
Epiphone Model-6730
  • 1970-71
  • Made in Japan
  • Jumbo dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • 16" body width
  • 4.75" body depth

Neck:

  • Three-piece bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
  • Black headstock overlay with Epiphone logo
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply body binding
  • 3-ring inlaid rosette

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Rosewood belly bridge
  • Adjustable saddle with thumb-screws
  • Individual tuners with bowtie buttons
  • Black pickguard

Colors:

  • Natural



Model 6732

Epiphone Model-6732
Epiphone Model-6732
  • 1970-71
  • Made in Japan
  • Grand Auditorium 000-style body

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Round soundhole with 3-ring rosette
  • 15.25" body width
  • 4" body width

Neck:

  • Three-piece bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-layer body binding & purfling

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Adjustable saddle with thumb-screws
  • Plate-mounted tuners
  • Black teardrop pickguard

Colors:

  • Natural finish



Model 6735 12-String

Epiphone Model-6735 12-String
Epiphone Model-6735 12-String
  • 1970-71
  • Made in Japan
  • 12-string guitar
  • Jumbo dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • 16" body width
  • 4.75" body depth

Neck:

  • Three-piece bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
  • Black headstock overlay with Epiphone logo
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply body binding
  • 3-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Rosewood belly bridge
  • Adjustable saddle with thumb-screws
  • Individual tuners with bowtie buttons
  • Black pickguard

Colors:

  • Sunburst



Model 6830

Epiphone Model-6830
Epiphone Model-6830
  • 1970-71
  • Made in Japan
  • Jumbo dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • 16" body width
  • 4.75" body depth

Neck:

  • Three-piece bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Black headstock overlay with Epiphone logo
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Ornate rosette marquetry
  • Multi-ply body binding

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Rosewood belly bridge
  • Adjustable saddle with thumb-screws
  • Individual tuners with bowtie buttons
  • Black pickguard

Colors:

  • Natural



Model 6832

Epiphone Model-6832
Epiphone Model-6832
  • 1970-71
  • Made in Japan
  • Auditorium-style body

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Round soundhole with decorative rosette
  • 15.25" body width
  • 4" body depth

Neck:

  • Three-piece bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with large block inlays
  • Black headstock overlay with Epiphone logo
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply body binding
  • Single-ply neck & headstock binding

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • rosewood belly bridge
  • Adjustable saddle with thumb-screws
  • Individual tuners with bowtie buttons
  • Black pickguard

Colors:

  • Natural



Model 6834 12-String

Epiphone Model-6834 12-String
Epiphone Model-6834 12-String
  • 1970-71
  • Made in Japan
  • 12-string guitar
  • Jumbo dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • 16" body width
  • 4.75" body depth

Neck:

  • Three-piece bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Black headstock overlay with Epiphone logo
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply body binding
  • Ornate rosette marquetry

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Rosewood belly bridge
  • Adjustable saddle with thumb-screws
  • Individual tuners with bowtie buttons
  • Black pickguard

Colors:

  • Natural



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